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Congratulations Ashley Dickson !!!      Update #1

Springwood United Football is very proud to be able to recognise Ashley Dickson, a current senior men’s Waratah League player and long term SUFC player, for his selection into the Deaf Football Australia squad who will soon depart for Kuala Lumpur for the 4th World Deaf Football Championships in Malaysia later this month.

Ashley has played at Springwood United FC since his early teens and has regularly impressed committee members with his speed and intensity on the pitch. 

 Currently training out of the Australian Institute of Sport Canberra each month, Ashley is looking forward to a busy fortnight before he departs with some warm-up matches and official duties taking place this coming weekend.

In recent days Ashley has been allocated his squad number and will wear the No. 11 jersey when he takes the field for Australia against France, Senegal and Kuwait in pool matches that will run the same as a men’s World Cup tournament.

Players who are selected to play for Australia must do so at their own expense and Deaf Football Australia do everything they can to help raise money in order to fund the attendance of the Australian team at these types of events.

 The Springwood United FC’s Committee’s recently approved a donation of $1000 in support of Ashley’s journey to the World Championships this year.

 The Club will post information about match times and ways you can watch the games with these details still being finalised.

The Club’s committees, members and extended families and friends are very proud of Ash and wish him all the very best for the competition ahead and hope he has a fantastic tournament.


If you would like to financially support our Australian Deaf Football team you can donate via this link!

 We wish Ashley all the very best in the lead up to and during the tournament.

Ash Dickson Deaf Football World Cup  -  Update #2

Last weekend Ash attended a training camp and took part in trial matches in the build up to the event and was presented with his kit and certificate of selection.

 Group D awaits Australian Team  -  Update #3

 Australia has been drawn in Group D with Nigeria, Gabon and England. Match details will be posted with links to view the games as soon as they are confirmed.

Watch the DRAW here!

They're Off...... - Update #4

On Tuesday evening Springwood United FC's Ashley Dickson flew out with team mates representing  Deaf Football Australia as the eam heads for Kuala Lumpur and the 4th World Deaf Football Championships starting Saturday.

 Training in Build Up to Match Day 1 Vs England - Update #5

 A couple of days in training camps and the Australian team is looking good for tonights clash with the English Team.

Check out more the Deaf Football Australia FaceBook Page for more images of the team arriving at the grounds and preparing for the match.

 Match 1 Vs England - Update #6

Ash Dickson No.11 during the national anthem.

For those who missed it, the Aussie boys started the game very well and took an early lead with the aussie goal keeper making some great saves to keep the result to 1-0 at half time. 

2 very quick goals early in the second half saw the momentum switch to England and they would go on to score another 2 goals, winning 4 - 1.
Congratulations to the players for the entertaining football they played last night.


Match 2 Vs Gabon - Update #7

Some good attacking plays early in the first half with lots of breaking of the line from Australia. Ash worked hard, putting lots of pressure with his pace on the Gabon defence.
Australia took the lead at the 27 min mark as Ashley carried the ball through heavy traffic at speed, laying off to his teammate who put a sneaky finish into the left hand corner.
The aussie keeper continued to make some great saves in the first half but after parrying the ball out early in the second half, Gabon equalised! 1-1.
12 mins later Gabon took the lead after a ball wasn’t cleared from the box quick enough once again, the game finishing 2-1.

The Build Up to Match Day 3 Vs Nigeria - Update #8

 Click on the image below to hear Ashley's give a short 'daily wrap up' of the teams activities in the build up to the must win game Vs Nigeria.


 World Deaf Football Championships Match Day 3 - Update #9

This game started very fast paced with the Nigerians matching the quick passing game of the Australians but their height and strength on the ball paid off with a solid header and the score was 1-0 after 9 mins. 2 strong left foot finishes would see the Nigerians up 3-0 after 27 mins and into the half time break.
Go to the FaceBook Comments for some clips of Ash in action....
It was a back and forth wrestle in the 2nd half with a number of breaks by the Aussies but there was no finishing off these chances. Nigeria would score again in the 56 min with an unlucky bounce off the post behind the diving keeper and then again late in stoppage time... Another full 90 mins from Ashley representing his country.. Top stuff. 

 Based on goal differences at the end of the pool matches the Australian team has finished in 16th place and will continue on to the round of 16.


Match Day 4 (Round of 16)  Germany 4 Australia 1  -  Update #10 

 The Australian Deaf Football teams world cup tournament came to an end on Friday night with a 4 - 1 loss to Germany. Another end to end match saw the australians give a great account of themselves and never backing down. Ash Dickson continued to get some great game time starting again and being substituted around the 80th minute. 
Ash Dickson in action against Germany.
Whilst the team won't continue in the final rounds the nature of this tournament means that the guys will play a number of other matches to enhance Australia's 'placings' as part of the world cup tournament.
Speaking to Ashley today he was very grateful for the experience. Ash also mentioned that "most of the teams competing have 30 or more matches under their belts and some teams like England and Germany also have had access to their national teams training facilities and resources" proving that once again the Aussies punch well above their weight..

Match Day 5 for Placings Australia 5 Ghana 4 - Update #11

Ash blazing up the sideline against Ghana after being subbed on.

The Australians got off to a flying start with a goal within the first 20 secs of the match after a long range shot beat the Ghanian keeper. A penalty in the 7th minute and Ghana equalised. This game would continue back and forth Ghana 2 – 1, 3 -1 up and looking like running away with the match but the Aussies got another long range goal back with 15 mins remaining of the 1st half. 5 mins later the aussies equalised 3 – 3.
The scoring wasn’t done with Ghana going ahead again via a penalty with 5 mins remaining only for Australia to sneak in another goal and it finished 4 – 4 at half time.


A free kick at the 57 mark set up a set play and another goal was bashed into the back of the net from outside the box. Aussies lead 5 – 4.

Springwood United’s Ash Dickson would come on to refresh some tired legs with about 5 mins of normal time to go and was into the action straight away seeing out 4 mins of added time for the win.


If you want to catch the goals from this match, check out this link:

 Classification of Placings - Matches Continue - Update #12

Tonight Ash and the Australian Deaf Football Team take on Turkey as they work out the classifications for 9 to 12th place at the world championships. Remember daylight savings so it's a 7:30pm kick off tonight!!   Good luck Ash and the boys.

Match Day 6 for Placings   Australia Vs Turkey - Update #13

The match Vs Turkey (along with a number of other fixtures) was not recorded nor streamed on Tuesday night, but the word from Ashley was that it was a tough encounter against a team thqat has some good history at this event having one the last 2 world championships.

Ash came on after about 20 mins after a team mate was subbed off with injury and slotted in on the left wing for the first half and then with a change to 4-4-2 formation in the second half moved into the midfield.

A play off for 11th/12th place means that there's one more hit out remaining against Nigeria tomorrow (Thursday 5th Oct, Time TBC).

Check out the Deaf Football Australia FaceBook Page for some videos of Ash and the team in camp, during recovery sessions, some player interviews and some video footage of the goal scored against Turkey. 

Check out the comments section of the Clubs Facebook Posts for links to the remaining matches.
Check out the comments section of the Clubs Facebook Posts for links to the remaining matches.

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More information about Ashley's journey and Deaf Football Australia can be found here!